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Mar 7, 2012 08:47 AM

NEW Best Pizza in Toronto Thread

I nominate the usual suspects: QMP, Buddha Pie, Pizza e Pazzi, Libretto. I dont have a winner because in my experience they are all inconsistent.

What am I missing? Lets have a fresh discussion here.

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  1. someone will say terroni. then there will be piola and maybe defina, but really not much that is new

    but do we need another thread? we will have another 500 opinions trashing and defending the same spots as the previous thread

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    1. re: ingloriouseater

      I think we do. I think we need new best burger, shawarma and wing threads as well.


      1. re: Davwud

        Don't forget the "best poutine" and "best hotdog" threads as well! May as well do a mac'n cheese one while your at it.

        1. re: foodyDudey

          Well being serious, I would like a new fish and chip thread.

          1. re: szw

            I was going to mention fish and chips but didn't. I had some really nice fish and Chips at Mill Street brewery last month. Really well done, and very generous size. The fries were good . The place was packed at 3:00 pm on a Saturday, I hadn't expected that!

          2. re: Davwud

            agreed, specially for shawarma and wings

            1. re: shekamoo

              Has there finally been any breakthroughs in the Toronto shawarma scene? At last check it's been pitiful compared to whats in Montreal; even the chains in Montreal (Amir, Basha) were better than the best independant Toronto joints

              1. re: duckdown

                Blah, blah, blah.

                I've never had a Montreal shawarma but to call our scene pitiful is just down right stupid.

                Sorry Duck, but it is.


                1. re: Davwud

                  So you have recommendations then?

                  Just for perspective, arguing that it's anything BUT sad is downright stupid.. So to each their own

                  There's Shawarma Empire in Scarborough that is a quality place, and what else?

                  1. re: duckdown

                    I am DEFINITELY not a shawarma expert, but I do love the chicken all dressed at Liberty Shawarma on Atlantic. As a chicken wrap it is super tasty with some good heat. The garlic sauce, hummus and tahini taste super fresh and on point. There is great seasoning throughout. Good crunchy pickled veg too.

                    But is it a great shawarma???? I dunno. You guys tell me.

                    1. re: duckdown

                      My current GO TO is Al Tanoor. Get it on Samoon and it's fabulous.

                      Of the big 3 on Lawrence E, I'll take Nasib's.

                      Last I'm saying on this thread.


                      1. re: duckdown

                        From Vinnie Vidimangi. And not even from his now famous "on a coupon" series.

                        1. re: Googs

                          ...now famous "on a coupon" series...too funny Googs! LMAO!

                          1. re: kwass

                            Hey, I LOVE that series. Someone needed to write that.

                            1. re: Googs

                              It's just the way you worded it that made me laugh :)

                      2. re: Davwud

                        I also haven't had a Mtl shawarma, and think that there are some really good ones here in TO--Al Tanoor is my current favourite. With that said, this discussion should be on a SHAWARMA thread, not, 'New Best Pizza in Toronto'.

                2. re: ingloriouseater

                  I haven't heard anyone speak of Piola. What are your thoughts?

                  1. re: kwass

                    other than it is new, no thougts really as i haven't tried it yet. i thought i might this weekend...i admit some of the other international locations have a more interesting menu but i will give our local version a try. i have seen a couple of comments on yelp (i think) that were not glowing but acceptable enough for me to give them a try for myself.

                3. Camarras original crust. Keep it simple.

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                  1. re: Attknee

                    I forgot to mention it, definitely a top contender for me

                    1. re: shekamoo

                      How do you like the Danforth Pizza House pizza? I like the "special" there.

                      1. re: foodyDudey

                        Love it, also slipped my mind, as I was (now it is obvious to me) name dropping!

                        1. re: foodyDudey

                          Agreed on the Danforth Pizza House.
                          I think people are changing their tastes though. For my money it is the best "old school" pizza in town.

                          1. re: Poorboy

                            Besides the House Special, which pizzas/topping combinations do Chowhounds recommend the most at DPH?

                            1. re: prima

                              Hi Prima, they only have about 6 toppings in all - the usual green pepper, mushroom, tomatoes, olives, onion, pepporoni. I think that about covers it.
                              Oh and hot peppers! LOL I am serious. It is very traditional.

                              1. re: millygirl

                                Oh, good to know. Thanks, millygirl. ;-)

                                1. re: millygirl

                                  They also have bacon ( it's on the house special) and I believe anchovies. But that is it!

                                2. re: prima

                                  prima - I usually get plain cheese - or sometimes I like the sweet and salty components of green olives and pineapple.

                                  1. re: pakmode

                                    Thanks pakmode. Green olive & pineapple used to be my go-to pizza when I was a little younger and had a pepperoni aversion. ;-)

                                    1. re: prima

                                      Haha, that's funny. He uses the Unico green olives straight out of the jar - so they're nice and salty. Good contrast to the sweetness of the pineapple.

                                1. re: haggisdragon

                                  Sorry I can't say exactly, but it's what I order. The first time I ordered from there some years back, I found this online menu: http://www.daemonize.com/danforthpizz... and just decided to order the special. My guess is that it has the first 5 ingredients shown on the list. Even though I ordered one 2 weeks ago, I can]'t remember if it had olives. When I order that pizza, I add anchovies to 1/2 of it as my wife doesn't like those, and heat it up for few more minutes. The prices on that site are old, the LARGE was $26 with all taxes last time I ordered.

                                  1. re: foodyDudey

                                    I never seem to get the same quality of pizza twice at Danforth Pizza. At times it's beyond description good and others, just pizza with a lot of stuff on.

                                    1. re: mariecollins

                                      I only order it about 2 or 3 times a year, so haven't noticed that. But Angelo is so old, he probably forgets something on occasion :-) We have always enjoyed whatever we got.

                                    2. re: foodyDudey

                                      Yup the House Special is those first 5 ingredients: Pepperoni, Mushrooms,Green Peppers, Bacon, Onions. And, it is good. Although a small with pepperoni for under $10 hits the spot when it's just me and the kids. But let's not test his patience by suddenly switching to all small pizzas, it's bad enough that he won't answer the phone on Saturday night :)

                                  2. re: foodyDudey

                                    Love DPH. It's still my go-to-Pizza since it's not too far away. That and Mr. Pide, for Turkish style pizza. I like ordering either plain cheese or green olive+pineapple from DPH. The olives are salty and balance nicely with the sweet pineapple. Angelo is a master at his craft. I also always order small, as that seems to be the best bang for your buck at DPH. $8 + $1/topping. I tried ordering medium and large the past year, and the price increases didn't seem proportional - so I stick to small.

                                    1. re: pakmode

                                      I just figured out this year that small is the best for your buck. So true.

                                      1. re: Pincus

                                        I'll have to buy one of each and see if that is really the case. A small with 5 toppings will be $13, do you think it is more than 50% the size of a large one?

                                        1. re: foodyDudey

                                          I think with how full I feel after eating three slices of his delicious pizza, a small fits the bill of being comfortably stuffed. ;)

                                          1. re: Pincus

                                            We used to buy a medium for the two of us, but now I order a large since I don't order it more than 3 or 4 times a year. So I eat two or three slices, and save some for a few lunches and snacks as it tastes great one or two days later also.

                                            1. re: foodyDudey

                                              Ditto here. Graduated to a large just so we could have leftovers.

                                          2. re: foodyDudey

                                            Don't quote me on it, but I think so. If you do the 'size test' let us know. Maybe order a small and/or medium cheese with your large to test out the theory?
                                            1 small is usually good for 2 of us, and I'm a BIG eater. If we have guests over I've ordered 2-3 smalls depending on the number of people, and it's worked out fine.

                                            I love Angelo. He truly is a Master at his craft. I also like how he allows you to do 1/2 toppings on a pizza and charges you 1/2 price haha.
                                            Come to think of it, it's the toppings that run up the cost on medium's and larges...I think they're $2 each right?

                                        2. re: pakmode

                                          Bit off topic but what are the best Pide's at Mr Pide.

                                          1. re: LUV_TO_EAT

                                            Mr. Pide and Pizza Pide are both good and have the same menu.
                                            #18 is good to start since it's an assorted pide with all their different pides 'sectioned' off. So 1 part spinach & feta, then sausage, then chicken breast, then lamb.
                                            I like their lamb pide alot, as well as the veggie or even the spicy lahmacun which is #3 on their menu, I believe.

                                    2. re: Attknee

                                      I agree with Camarra's. But I like their thin crust.

                                    3. I like the nduja, margherita and wild mushroom pizzas at either Libretto location.

                                      I like the alici flatbread/pizza at Buca.

                                      I liked the margherita at Viva Napoli last summer, but I'm due for another visit.

                                      Danforth Pizza
                                      920 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L9, CA

                                      2899 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

                                      604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

                                      viva napoli
                                      679 mt. pleasant rd, Toronto, ON , CA

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                                      1. re: prima

                                        Enjoyed another Margherita pizza at PIzzeria Libretto Danforth on Sunday. I'm happy they are now open on Sundays for lunch. They were offering a Speck & Egg (soft yolk) pizza at lunch time on Sunday.

                                        piola: http://www.piola.it/index.php?page=fo...
                                        defina: http://pizzeriadefina.com/

                                        Pizza Pide
                                        949 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                                        Olympic 76
                                        8A Gloucester St, Toronto, ON M4Y1L5, CA

                                        Pizzeria Libretto
                                        221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                                        3239 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N2L5, CA

                                        Pizza Gigi
                                        189 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H5, CA

                                        Pizza Pino
                                        855 Westney Rd S, Ajax, ON L1S3M4, CA

                                        Pizzeria Libretto Danforth
                                        550 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P7, CA

                                        1. re: prima

                                          Has anyone seen an Northern-Italian style egg pizza recently? By which I mean a very thin crust with an egg cracked on top of it and cooked softly. My family lived In Turino for quite a while and I miss the pizza. Via Allegro used to have it on their brunch menu, but sadly no longer. (I know Via Allegro doesn't get a lot of love on this board, but they did have the lovely egg pizza).

                                          1. re: FrenchSoda

                                            Mangia E Bevi offers a pizza with a single sunny side egg as one of the toppings. Whether it is Northern or not, I can't say, but their pizzas are certainly very thin crust and delicious.

                                            1. re: FrenchSoda

                                              Pretty sure that's what the Egg & Speck at Libretto Danforth would be like. They offer it most weekends, afaik.

                                              1. re: prima

                                                Thank you both! I wasn't sure if the Egg & Speck was a regular thing or a special.

                                                1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                  It is a special, but they seem to tweet about some version most weekends.
                                                  On Sept 29th and 30th, at both locations, it was a porchetta and egg version:


                                                  1. re: prima

                                                    The one at Mangia E Bevi is a one-egger. :)

                                        2. I like the idea of new threads too - so much out-dated information in the other ones!

                                          1. Pizza GiGi and Olympic 76